In our last edition of Just Now, we took a deep dive into the history leading up to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and the current Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process. In this edition, we will examine the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation 1999 (EPBC) Act, with proposed amendments to the Act currently facing a senate inquiry. Changes to the Act will have ramifications not only for the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sacred sites, and their engagement and participation in the management of them, but also for endangered species and habitats, resource management and sustainable development.
The EPBC Act underwent its first review in 10 years in 2019-20, with the Final Report making the dire warning: "Australia's natural environment and iconic places are in an overall state of decline and are under increasing threat. They are not sufficiently resilient to withstand current, emerging or future threats, including climate change." This edition of Just Now will examine what the EPBC Act is, the recommendations of its 2019-20 review, and the government's proposed amendments to the Act.
Please find the latest edition of Just Now, CRA's justice publication, focussing on environment reform laws. Please feel free to share the publication with your communities.
You can also find it on our website under CRA Justice News and you may wish to read the media statement under CRA Justice Media Statements.